Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Four fast facts about chromium's slow soak into our waters

Julia Roberts may have put the story of Hinckley and hexavalent chromium on the map, but the chemical's doing its own work to stay there. The Environmental Working Group found chromium 6 in 89 percent of water samples they commissioned across the country.

Chromium 6 lawsuit presses Public Health for new limits

The NRDC says the Department of Public Health should have set a chromium 6 limit 8 years ago. “We think that the timeline estimated by the department is much too slow.”

State of California rebuts climate skeptics, denialist foes

Brown’s site points out most scientists agree that climate change is warming the Earth. Coincidentally, it's released days after the GOP added a VP to the ticket who has promoted denialist arguments.

Song of the Week for Outside Lands: 'The Sun'

It may not be hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk in Northridge, but the sweltering heat is frying my brain in Pasadena. I suspect it will be a little more chill up at Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend.

New EV fast-charger for Arts District parking lot

Every new charger on the electric highway is welcome news to EV owners, but the stakes for companies like ECOtality are reflected in marketplace and courtroom fights.

What's a FlexAlert?

California's Independent System Operator has declared a FlexAlert. This weekend, the state's grid managers want people to flip their switches to off.

SM Bay Commission to bring back Ballona's not-very-wetlands

Today’s wetlands aren’t very wet. The flat center of the land is patched with salt pan and invasive plants. The only ocean water feeding Ballona now travels a narrow channel, called the Fiji Ditch.

Activists fear Richmond's refinery fire creates a hot potato

You’d think it would be pretty clear which part of our government was supposed to watch out for the possibility of disaster or accident, like the fire that burst from Chevron’s Richmond facility.

NOAA still has Ron Paul's fan base? [UPDATED]

[UPDATED, 11:59 AM: Seems like I may have confused NDAA and NOAA. The National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama earlier this year; a court case, legal scholars, and activists all raise concerns that the law could further enable indefinite detention.

Heat's rising, but state's grid operators say they'll manage

The operators of the state’s power grid they’re ready to keep air conditioners humming during today’s high temperatures.

Federal efforts to update chemical policy stall, but California's Green Chemistry Initiative rises again

Sometimes California's so far ahead, it can get credit for being on the vanguard of an environmental issue even when its initiatives are more stop-start than go. Forbes gives California credit for "blazing a trail" on chemical reform as the federal efforts to revive the Toxic Substances Control Act struggle.

PPIC: Californians conflict, contradict selves on environment

As California gets closer to the time when its cap-and-trade market goes live, its voters are increasingly divided over AB 32, the landmark greenhouse gas reduction law that made that market possible.

LA County's Dr. Jonathan Fielding talks climate change adaptation in Senate hearing

Fielding says climate change matters to local public health agencies because they're tasked with adaptation to its impacts, and communities expect them to show leadership on this issue.

Santa Margarita Water District defends, approves Cadiz plans for Mojave groundwater pumping

A small Orange County water authority has approved plans to purchase water from the Cadiz company, under a divisive plan that would harvest water from aquifers in the Mojave Desert.

More about Navajo Generating Station & air pollution

Still talking about Navajo Generating Station. Last week I was connecting issues around air quality to LA. Then on Friday I got an email from George Hardeen, who is a communications consultant for the Navajo Generating Station, and a longtime resident of the Navajo Nation.